The former President of Ferrari, Luca Di Montezemolo believes that the Italian team would have won this year's championship if Hamilton had been driving for them. He was keen to ensure his comments were not seen to belittle Sebastian Vettel but he praised Hamilton's lack of errors this year.
Montezemolo who worked with Ferrari from 1973 to 2014 acknowledged Vettel's mistakes and said that the car was at times better than the Mercedes but that there was something missing. He also said that Hamilton had his best ever season.
Montezemolo said: “He has had moments of weakness and crisis, but this year with Ferrari he would have won. Ferrari did a good car this year, which in some situations was even better than Mercedes. But the final part was missing.
The former Ferrari boss added some advice for his old team in managing the 4 time World Champion: “Vettel made some decisive mistakes, but for the world championship, you have to do everything to keep him up. He is a driver of the highest order and always close to the team. In frustration, he must be supported, even more so with the arrival of a very strong boy (Leclerc) with a great future,” he added.
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